The Lanka Academic

MAY 29, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 53

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Sri Lankan president invites Tigers to talk, May 29 2001 18:38 IST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday invited the Tamil Tigers to enter Norwegian-backed peace talks, a day after the guerrillas insisted that a ban on them be lifted first. In an interview with state television, Kumaratunga said she was asking the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop fighting and enter negotiations. More...
Published: Tue May 29 10:40:13 EDT 2001
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Lankan minister demands panel on 1983 riots
Deccan Herald, May 29 . A Sri Lankan Minister has demanded the appointment of an inquiry body on the lines of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to probe the July 1983 which kiled hundreds of Tamils in Colombo and other parts of the country. Deputy Minister for Ethnic Affairs K S Ganeshamoorthy has written to President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike asking for a commission to "establish the truth behind the organised pogrom of July 1983 against Tamils.We have a right to know the truth and are not seeking revenge," he said. More...
Published: Tue May 29 16:10:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Govt: Delays Comment On Rebels' Peace Threat
yahoo, May 29. The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday that it was too early to comment on the Tamil Tiger rebels' threat of no peace talks until a ban on the group is lifted."We've just got the statement and we feel it is too early to comment," Chief Government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said. He was reacting to a rebel statement Monday that said the group wouldn't join a Norwegian-brokered peace plan until Colombo lifts its ban on the rebels imposed in 1998. More...
Published: Tue May 29 12:19:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP, JVP protest against special district for Muslims
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 29. Both the UNP and the JVP have launched a protest against a government decision to allocate a special district for the Muslims. Reports indicate that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge has agreed to allocate Kalmunai in the Ampara district as a special electorate for the Muslim Community.

On Sunday May 27, hundreds of villagers in Kalmunai from the Sinhalese and Tamil communities protested against the presidential decision.

The protests were organized by United National Party MP's for Kalmunai and members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.
Published: Tue May 29 08:31:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Arjuna and Aravinda Should be Banned for Life if Guilty- Ex Manager
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 29/05/01 2035 GMT. Sri Lanka's ex-Test Captain Arjuna Ranatunge and his ex-deputy Aravinda De Silva should be given a lifetime ban if found guilty of match fixing, a senior cricket official said. I can not verify these allegations. But I can recall that there is a saying “ No Smoke without a Fire. Apparently Sanath Jayasuriya has also been approached by bookmaker Gupta and Sanath has correctly refused to accept bribes said ex-Sri Lankan player and a manager Stanley Jayasinghe.

He was commenting on the recent report on the corruption in Cricket by the director of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Sir Paul Condon. The report concludes with 24 recommendations including offering players more opportunities in administration, introducing a full time security manager for every ICC member country, maintaining proper audits in TV deals, etc.

In an interview with BBC's Sandeshaya, Mr. Jayasinghe maintained a view that corruption may not be eradicated only with setting up new regulations. "There is a big role for the players. In our times we didn't play for money. Nowadays not only the money destroy the game, but the discipline seems to be not in place also " ex-manager said referring to the incident of the alleged assault on Sidath Wettimuny by Hashan Thilakararatne after Hashan was dropped out of the SL team.

Arjuna and Aravinda were among the high-profile cricketers named in the report published by India's Central Investigation Bureau on match fixing, last year.
Published: Tue May 29 16:40:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Three more civilians caught in cross fire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3. 10 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 29. Three civilians were shot and wounded in Ampara last morning after being caught in cross fire between the Tigers and Lankan troops. The three, one male and two females are believed to be from the same family.

The incident, according to the State sponsored Special Media Information Center, took place at Pottuvil in the Ampara district. The injured were rushed to the Pottuvil hospital for treatment.
Published: Tue May 29 08:31:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricketers get a home at last
CDN, 30 May 2001. Sri Lanka cricketers will receive a big boost before the next World Cup with the Premadasa International Stadium being redeveloped into a complete 'home' for the national poolists with a 40-room hostel for cricketers and 16-fast practice tracks. The new project, which would have all facilities for national cricketers under one roof, is the brainchild of the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Lakshman Kiriella. Besides the 16 fast practice wickets and 40-room hostel, there will also be lecture rooms, gymnasium, dining hall and other necessary facilities. More...
Published: Tue May 29 21:22:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President rejects rumours of moves to topple Govt
CDN, 30 May 2001. In an interview with the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation last night President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga categorically rejected rumours of moves to topple the Government and denied moves by any parliamentarian to leave the PA. More...
Published: Tue May 29 21:24:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Minister Rajapakse refuses to hand back Katchetivu
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.30 a.m. SLT Tuesday May 29. Minister Mahinda Rajapake on an official visit to India has said that Sri Lanka will not hand back the island of Katchetivu which he said is an integral part of Sri Lanka.

The island in the Palk Strait, has become a focus for dispute after the Governor for Tamil Nadu said that the island should be handed over to India. Rajapakse says that under no condition will this be done given that the small island is even now recognized by the United Nations and the international community as being an integral part of Sri Lanka.
Published: Tue May 29 08:31:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM hints Norway should give up peace bid, May 29 2001 16:28 IST. COLOMBO, May 29 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister has hinted Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim should admit his failure to broker unconditional talks with Tamil rebels and quit, a report said Tuesday. Premier Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on Satutrday mysteriously asked reporters to carry a quote from an unidentified third person criticizing Solheim for raising the stakes in the Sri Lankan conflict by meeting with US authorities. More...
Published: Tue May 29 08:00:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan?s in New York to honour Vajira
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 9.15 a.m. Tuesday 29 May. National Women?s Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka formed in New York will pay tribute to Kalasoori Vajira, Lanka?s pioneer of women?s dance with a special Guru Pooja on Saturday June 2 at the Williamson theatre in Staten Island. Vajira one of Sri Lanka?s living legends has contributed immensely to the Kandyan Dance Theater and ballet for more than half a century along with her husband Chitrasena. Tanya de Silva a former pupil and a teacher of the Chitrasena -Vajira school of dance in Sri Lanka and a founder of the National women?s dance troupe in New York told ? The Lanka Academic? that they had waited for a long time to honour their guru and Sri Lanka?s legendary dancer and the Sri Lankan?s in New York are extremely happy that they got an opportunity to do so after such a long time. Vajira and Chitrasena?s daughter Upeka a dancer of great repute too will join the National women?s dance troupe to pay tribute to her world-renowned dancer/mother. United Nations Under-Secretary-General for disarmament affairs Jayantha Dhanapala will deliver a special talk on sixty nine-year old Vajira?s contributions to Sri Lankan dance before the commencement of the Guru Pooja.
Published: Tue May 29 09:20:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Seven remanded for attacking Chinese workers, May 29 2001 16:59 IST. COLOMBO, May 29 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan magistrate has remanded in custody seven men who allegedly beat up Chinese workers employed at a housing construction project near the capital, police said Tuesday. Police Chief Inspector E. S. Dayaratne said five members of the gang who were arrested Monday were remanded for two weeks pending further investigations into the assault on Sunday. More...
Published: Tue May 29 09:00:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Japan gives 7.6 million dollars for Sri Lanka roads, May 29 2001 17:56 IST. COLOMBO, May 29 (AFP) - Japan has given 7.6 million dollars to build roads for impoverished farming communities in north-central Sri Lanka, the Japanese embassy said Tuesday. Isolated areas in the Dambulla region would benefit from the project, which will almost halve the distance that locals now have to travel to the nearest market, the embassy said in a statement. More...
Published: Tue May 29 09:10:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fresh Sri Lanka violence kills nine, May 29 2001 13:17 IST. At least eight Tamil Tiger rebels and a civilian were killed in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka's embattled north, the defence ministry here said Tuesday. Three members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamwere shot dead by troops in the northern peninsula of Jaffna on Monday, the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Tue May 29 04:17:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Nothern Light, Tuesday, May 29, 2001 6:38 AM EST . The proposed Project will assist the Government to realize the potential of Colombo Port to become a major internationally competitive port in South Asia by (i) expanding private sector participation in the port sector; (ii) commercializing public sector operations and thereby improving efficiency; (iii) adopting a strategic approach to enlarging Colombo Port and maximizing private sector funding. More...
Published: Tue May 29 09:09:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Severe shortage of lecturers in varsities
Island, 29 May. A shortage of about 600 lecturers exists in Universities, the Society of University Lecturers said yesterday. A spokesman for the Society said that situations in the Medical Faculties of Ruhuna and Peradeniya as well as the Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya had aggravated due to the shortage of lecturers. " The students following classes in the Medical Faculty of Sri Jayawardenapura are seriously inconvenienced due to the absence of a professor for the faculty for a long time. Another shortcoming due to the shortage of lecturers is the inability to release examination results at once causing frustration among students" the spokesman said. More...
Published: Tue May 29 07:50:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tigers say ban threatens peace
BBC News, 29.05.2001. The rebel Tamil Tigers have blamed the Sri Lankan Government for blocking peace efforts by refusing to lift a ban on the organisation. More...
Published: Tue May 29 05:49:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankans feel Kumaratunga still the best bet
Times of India, 29 May 2001 . Despite mounting criticism against the Sri Lankan government for failing to push start the peace talks, a larger number of people in the country still feel the ruling party is best at solving the island's long standing ethnic conflict, a recent survey showed.Of the total number polled, 45 percent said the ruling Peoples Alliance (PA) government is the party best capable of solving the ethnic problem, while 32 percent said the main opposition United National Party (UNP) could do the job. More...
Published: Mon May 28 17:59:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tonights NightLine
ABCNews, May 28. Reminder to TLA readers in the USA and others who have access to ABC news and Nightline. Memorial Day marks the beginning of the vacation season. People start getting antsy about finally getting some time away from work. Most people, but not Dr. Jeremy Torstveit. Torstveit is a pediatric cardiac surgeon in Phoenix, Ariz. He operates on children born with heart defects, children whose lives are threatened or who face a lifetime of severely restricted activity. The major but now routine procedure that he performs can give them perfectly healthy, normal lives. Ten years ago, Torstveit was on vacation in Sri Lanka. He learned that there was no such surgery available anywhere in the country, that children with heart defects died routinely.Ever since then Torstveit has used his vacation time to travel Sri Lanka to operate those children and also to train local doctors in the procedure. More...
Published: Mon May 28 20:02:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE blames government for breakdown in peace process
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.20 p.m. SLT Monday May 28. The LTTE today blamed the government for what it called a breakdown in the peace process after the State refused to lift an existing ban on the Tigers.

In a statement issued from its office in the Vanni the rebels said that the government's hard line position has seriously affected the Oslo backed peace process. The Government last week asserted in no uncertain terms that it would not lift the proscription on the LTTE, and that it considered the demand grossly unfair given that the Tigers had initially agreed to negotiations without any preconditions.

"If the Government adopts a hard-line position and refuses to review its decision on proscription, then it should bear full and total responsibility for the collapse of the peace efforts and the serious consequences that might arise from its decision", the Tamil Tigers warned.

The Tigers added, "Our call for lifting of the proscription is made with the purpose of enabling us to participate in the peace talks as legitimate representatives of our people, as co-partners in constructive engagement. The LTTE has on several occasions raised the question of de-proscription with the Norwegian peace envoy Mr. Solheim when he met our chief negotiator Mr. Anton Balasingham in London. Mr. Balasingham has also made statements on public forums as well as in the media to the effect that the lifting of the ban is urgent and crucial for peace negotiations. We cannot participate in the peace talks as an illegal and criminal entity with a 'terrorist' label."

In conclusion the LTTE calls upon the international community to persuade the Government of Chandrika Kumaratunga to recognise the LTTE as the authentic and legitimate representative organisation of the Tamil people by lifting the proscription and paving the way for the Norwegian initiated peace process.
Published: Mon May 28 05:24:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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LTTE lashes out at govt. for scuttling peace process  - India Abroad
Tigers blame Sri Lanka for collapse of Oslo peace bid  -

LTTE dismayed over Lanka's refusal to lift ban
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Monday, May 28, 2001. The LTTE today said Sri Lanka's decision not to lift the ban on its movement had seriously jeopardised the prospects for peace talks and asked President Chandrika Kumaratunga to reconsider the stand "for the sake of peace and ethnic reconciliation".. Expressing "dismay and regret" over the government's refusal to lift the ban, imposed in January 1998 in the wake of the bombing of Sri Lanka's holiest Buddhist shrine at Kandy, said "it is undeniably Kumaratunga government that has squandered the unique opportunities for peace and hindered the commencement of talks'. More...
Published: Mon May 28 17:57:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tigers say ban threatens peace  - BBC South Asia
Refusal to lift ban a setback: LTTE  - The Hindu (International)

The faithful master jeweller of De Silva
The Star, may 28. MOST people would not guess that above the De Silva fine jewellery shop in Bishop Street, Penang, is the man who crafts beauty out of precious gem stones. N.B. Samarasena, who hails from gem-rich Sri Lanka, is the only in-house jeweller left in De Silva's employment. There were five of them initially. Now only Samara, as he is fondly called, remains to design and make jewellery for the De Silva clientele among whom are Malaysian royal family members. More...
Published: Mon May 28 22:32:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Police apprehend suicide bombers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Monday May 28. Police are reported to have apprehended two female suicide bombers today in Colombo. The female killers were taken in on information provided by another 'Black Tiger' who was arrested last Saturday by local police at Bambalapitiya.

According to the cops, the human explosives had arrived in the South to target VIP's. Police in Vavuniya had also been alerted and acting on information provided by the captured female Tigers, have arrested another five women alleged to be members of the LTTE's deadly suicide squad.

The sleuths warn that it is suspected that there are more members from the rebels killer force, prowling Colombo, hoping to target their prey.
Published: Mon May 28 05:24:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Batty wants amendment to Bail Act to remand sex offenders
Island, 28 May. Amendments to the Bail Act will be brought in the near future to prevent offenders of rape and child abuse from being granted bail, Minister of Justice Batty Weerakoon said in Parliament on Friday. The Minister said that he had sought cabinet approval for the amendments and requested the support of the Opposition to get the legislation through when it is presented to parliament. Minister Weerakoon was speaking on a private members motion presented by UNP MP A.H.M. Azwer calling on the government to impose capital punishment for offenders of rape and child abuse. More...
Published: Mon May 28 09:37:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

TULF assails Govt over LTTE ban issue
Times of India, 28 May 2001 . Sri Lanka's peace lobby and minority political parties on Sunday came out strongly against a government decision not to de-proscribe LTTE. "This is a very foolish move on the part of the government. They have still not realised the hardships suffered by the people and the need to end the war," said V Anandasangari, vice president of the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF).Analysts said the government's decision was likely to affect their chances in a no-confidence motion the opposition is planning to bring to parliament in June as minority parties who are backing the peace process may refuse to support the ruling party. More...
Published: Mon May 28 00:10:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka worried about cricketers gaining weight
Times of India (Breaking News), May 28. Sri Lankan cricketers who have gained weight ahead of a gruelling home series against India and New Zealand, are being put on a tough fitness drill, the coach said in a published column. The players, led by skipper Sanath Jayasuriya, are being told to swim and attend aerobic classes regularly so that they can lose weight before the arrival of the Indian and New Zealand teams in August, coach Dave Whatmore wrote in his exclusive column on a website. More...
Published: Mon May 28 14:11:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka rejects TN demand for retrieving Kachchativu
Times of India (Breaking News), may 28. Sri Lanka has rejected Tamil Nadu's call for return of Kachchativu, an island in the Palk Bay off the southern Tamil Nadu coast ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, terming the demand impossible to comply with. "It is impossible to give it back to them as it has been recognised by the international community as an integral part of Sri Lanka since it was handed over by late Indira Gandhi," Sri Lanka's fisheries and aquatic resources minister Mahinda Rajapakse said. More...
Published: Mon May 28 14:12:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chinese workers attacked in Sri Lanka housing project, May 28 2001 14:10 IST. Sri Lankan police Monday mounted a search for a gang responsible for beating up Chinese workers employed at a housing construction project near the capital, officials said. Police Chief Inspector E. S. Dayaratne said they had arrested two men accused of the attack Sunday at Colombo's suburb of Wattala and they were remanded in custody for two weeks. More...
Published: Mon May 28 06:49:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Jaffna awaits census with trepidation
Press Trust of India, Jaffna,Monday, May 28, 2001. The people of Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka await next month's census with great trepidation, as they have much to lose after the population count. "We will have less fund allocations, lesser number of seats in the universities and lose some seats in Parliament," Douglas Devananda, Minister for Rehabilitation of the North and Tamil Affairs, said. More...
Published: Mon May 28 06:54:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ranil to meet Vajpayee
The Hindu, Monday, May 28, 2001. The leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, is to leave for New Delhi on June 1 where he will meet the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee. Mr. Wickremesinghe's visit to India will take place amid hectic moves by the UNP to table a no-confidence motion against the Kumaratunga Government. More...
Published: Mon May 28 06:55:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian fishermen arrested as deterrent to poachers: Lanka Navy
India Abroad, 28 May 2001. SRI Lanka arrested 39 Indian fishermen earlier this month as a deterrent to others who try to cross the maritime boundary between the two countries to poach in the island's waters, a top navy official said.The northern area navy commander, Upali Ranaweera, told a local television station that during recent talks with his Indian counterpart he was told to arrest some of the hundreds of trespassing fishermen, instead of firing at them as Sri Lanka has done a few times in the past. More...
Published: Mon May 28 07:31:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka cracks down on Indian fishermen to stop rebel smugglers  -

INTERVIEW:Sri Lanka Suntel Expects To Break Even In 2001
Yahoo India, 28 May 2001. Sri Lankan telecommunications provider Suntel Lanka Ltd., a unit of Sweden's Telia AB (S.TLA), said Monday it should break even in 2001, helped by a tariff increase and cost controls. "Break even is within our reach this year. It's time a tariff revision is made, but we won't move until the rest of the market does, and this could decide the year," Suntel Managing Director Hugo Cederschiold told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview. More...
Published: Mon May 28 07:33:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Condon leaves it to ICC
Yahoo India, Sunday May 27, 12:00 AM. Sir Paul Condon, head of International Cricket Council's Anti- Corruption Unit, expressed the hope on Saturday that the game's governing body would give a serious thought on his interim report on match-fixing which was made public last Wednesday.``I am not pre-judging how they respond to it because it's their prerogative. But, after the Executive Board's meeting in London in June, I look forward to hearing what they have said about my report and I look forward how do they respond to it,'' he said. ``My honest belief is that all the cricket boards must, and I am confident will, work together to deal with this problem''. More...
Published: Mon May 28 00:12:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Trouble grows for Lanka Chief Justice
Times of India, 28 May 2001 . : Judges in Sri Lanka on Sunday shelved a motion of confidence in Chief Justice Sarath Silva, delivering a blow to his bid to avoid impeachment in parliament, officials said.The potential ouster of Silva has become a key political issue and a test for President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government, also set to face a no-trust vote in the next two months. Last week, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) with other opposition groups launched a campaign to impeach Silva on several charges of misconduct and immoral behaviour. More...
Published: Mon May 28 00:15:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Penalty runs for disciplinary breaches
Yahoo India, Sunday May 27, 12:00 AM. the ICC's Cricket Committee - Playing (CC-P) chaired by Sunil Gavaskar has approved the award of five penalty runs on the field of play for all disciplinary breaches covered by the laws of the game.Announcing the decisions of the committee meeting yesterday, ICC said in a press release that penalty runs to be awarded in both test and one-day internationals will be for a trial period of twelve months.A proposal from the ECB for the introduction of a six run penalty in one day international matches for each over of an innings not bowled by the scheduled time was approved and will apply to both innings of a match. It has also agreed to the mandatory use of lights in Test matches in conditions where natural light fails. The decision to use lights will be the discretion of the umpires. More...
Published: Mon May 28 00:58:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Minister to discuss fishermen issue
The Hindu (International), Monday, May 28, 2001. The Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, is scheduled to meet the Agriculture Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, on June 1 to discuss intrusions by fishermen across the international boundary that separates the waters of the two countries. Mr. Rajapakse, who left for India today, will travel to Dehra Dun, where he will deliver a lecture on ``Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in South Asia'' at the Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, an aide of the Minister said. More...
Published: Mon May 28 00:09:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

CPJ condemns smoke bomb attack on weekly paper
CPJ, may 25. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent smoke bomb attack on the Sinhala-language weekly newspaper Ravaya, and urges the government to issue a prompt and full report on the status of the police investigation that is now underway. "Attacks against journalists in Sri Lanka are occurring with alarming regularity," said CPJ executive director Ann Cooper. "Without thorough and impartial investigations into such incidents, the message is that journalists can be targeted with impunity." More...
Published: Mon May 28 00:30:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fishermen arrested with 'Delhi's consent'
Yahoo India, may 28. . Sri Lanka recently arrested 39 Indian fishermen poaching in its waters on advice from New Delhi that this might act as an effective deterrent to such trespassing, the Navy commander in-charge of the northern region said on Saturday. The decision to carry out arrests of fishermen trespassing in Sri Lanka's northern waters was taken after a conference at sea two months ago attended by representatives of the Navies of the two countries, as well as the Indian Coast Guard, he said. More...
Published: Mon May 28 00:14:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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